- Only 30% of waste is recycled, but we have the potential to recycle 75%.
- Also, if every American recycled their newspapers, it would save 250 million trees each year. That's a lot of trees - and that's just with recycling one paper item, by one country. Think if the whole world recycled all the paper we generate - phone books, school papers, junk mail...
- In 2010, Americans threw away $2.8 billion worth of paper.
- And 37% of paper for American mills is recycled.
- Recycling paper doesn't just save trees - it also takes 40% less energy.
- And just to make you appreciate paper a little more...before toilet paper, you might have had to use corn cobs or leaves. (Toilet paper is also available in post-consumer form.)
Happy Earth Day! There are many simple things you can do to protect our planet, each of which might not seem terribly consequential, but put together, they all add up. A beach is made of millions of grains of sand deposited over time - not all earth-friendly gestures have to be as big as planting a forest. To that end, we want to share the importance of recycling and using post consumer products. It's a simple change you can make to reduce your footprint. Here are a few quick facts about recycling: